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Digital Media Toolbox: Project Workflow

This guide contains information for creating born-digital media projects, resources for finding and using media, and copyright.

Project Workflow

Don't wait until the last minute! Give yourself enough time to complete each of the steps! 

Each of these steps may occur at the same time - they are not linear or chronological. There is interplay between each. They all must be juggled and may overlap during the creation of a project.

  1. "Gathering, Writing, Making" image.Writing (Pre-Production)
    Creating your script and/or storyboard is extremely important. The more time you spend and detail you incorporate in your script or storyboard, the better idea you have of what your end product will be, the easier it will be to know what kinds of material you will need to collect and/or create, and the steps you need to take to complete the project. You will save yourself time in the end and have a better product overall by focusing appropriate effort here.
  2. Gathering (Production)
    This is the part of the process where you are collecting or creating all the materials/artifacts/pieces you will need. This could include finding/creating images, recording and/or mixing audio or shooting/capturing video.
  3. Making (Post-Production)
    This is where you put it all together. There are many tools that you can use to do this. Some people choose to create a movie or slide show, some people choose to present a glog, podcast or mashup. The possibilities are endless. You will want to look out for 'gotchas' here such as export or render time. depending on the size of your project this may be considerable. Make sure to plan for that time.